Source: Delgado wants to move nursing school to old Charity site

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New Orleans, La. - Mayor Mitch Landrieu seems to be considering a new tenant in his quest to transform the old Charity hospital building.

A source tells FOX 8 Delgado Community College has expressed interest in moving it's nursing school into the vacant building. Future plans for the old Charity building have been tossed around now for months.

It's been vacant since hurricane Katrina and there's a lot of interest in what will happen with the facility.

The school wants to expand to meet the demand for nurses that the new University Medical and Veterans Affairs medical centers will create.

Delgado's interest comes after Mayor Landrieu proposed moving city hall and Civil District Court into Charity.

The Landrieu administration put that concept on the table back in July.

The proposed design calls for city government offices to occupy the buildings top 11 floors.

The city council would have space on the first and second floors and civil district court would fill floors 2 through 8.

Judges, though, have been opposed to that plan and want a new courthouse to be built in Duncan Plaza.

Mayor Landrieu released a statement Friday morning saying he is committed to the re-use of Charity hospital as a civic complex that fully utilizes the space available.